Thailand will be hosting the 19th Congress of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), which will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from 12th to 15th October 2019. The Congress is held to enable industry experts to share their latest knowledge and insights with members of the trade and industry professionals.
“As Bangkok is the world’s largest colored stone trading and processing hub, we have an immense opportunity to create great awareness about colored stones to a global audience,” said PridaTiasuwan, Chairman, ICA Congress 2019. “This Congress will have the largest representation of female speakers and will also have the first ever representation of artisanal miners on an international platform,” he added.
The ICA Steering Committee has created exciting events during the Congress, such as the tennis and golf tournament, a dinner cruise, and the Gala Ruby Night. Topics at the ICE Congress will range from rubies, gemstones, mining, technology, the young generation, designs, market trends, social responsibility, media, retailing, and more.
The Congress will take place in the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, a commanding landmark on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, oﬀering a strategic, luxury heaven to call home in the city. Delegates to the ICA Congress will have the opportunity to visit important centers of colored gemstone trade in Thailand.
Bangkok’s Silom neighborhood is home to hundreds of gem traders, while Chanthaburi in southeast Thailand is a major center for stone cutting and boasts a big weekend gem market. They will have the opportunity to join Congress-organized tours to Chanthaburi; the historic Mogok mines in Myanmar; Guangzhou Jade Market, and northern Thailand, after the Congress is over.
A Poster Competition is also being organized with the main theme being “Gemstone – a genuine treasure to hold on to.” ICA invites graphics designers worldwide to design a poster or posters which include a design of a piece of any kind of jewelry made of colored stones.
The prize for the winning design is First prize – one winner – US$ 2,000; Second Prize – one winner – US$1,500; Third prize one winner – US$1,000.
Designers are invited to visit the website : www.gemstone.org for more info. The deadline for receiving posters is 20 September 2019. Entries should be sent to Yehuda KassifE-mail: [email protected]